My sister had to get new brake pads on her car. They're going to cost her $400 - WHY? I mean what is it about brake pads that cause them to cost $400? All she wanted to do was get new tires put on her car (that she ordered off the internet and saved about $300 by doing so) - and somehow that turned into a $500 venture. People in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. will do anything to suck your money out of you anyway they can.
Example, paying for parking at places like Metro stations and George Mason University. First of all, I park in a shuttle lot in the middle of Guam and I still have to pay $3.75 everyday that I park in that god foresaken lot. But the people in the covered parking the garage also pay $3.75 a day. How is that fair?! Also, GMU, not like I'm not already paying you a ton of money just to get another degree, but you have to charge me $180 a year or $8 a day for parking? Why? Fairfax, VA is not the most happening of locations. And the number of parking spaces are extensive and I know that you're not hurting for the money like most of your poor students are. But metro parking boils my blood more than anything - so much that I can't write about it anymore or else I might. just. freak. out.